What will I learn?

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging is a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. This course will develop your photographic eye, teach you new photographic techniques and push the boundaries of your creative practice. Our course will refine your skills and teach you how to market yourself within this $1 billion industry.

Develop skills and knowledge to enter industry

The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging refines skills in the photographic disciplines and covers image capture, advanced studio and location lighting, digital image enhancement, web design and advanced-level printing. You’ll learn from friendly industry professionals, who will guide and support throughout your studies. We provide a variety of opportunities for you to become involved in the photographic industry and within multidisciplinary collaboration with other students in Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive creative arts network. Our reputation for excellence is acknowledged by industry. Melbourne Polytechnic photography students are frequently shortlisted and awarded honours, including the Australian Institute of Professional Photography Student Photographer of the Year and then National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Become a photographer in demand

Our Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging will provide you with sound technical and theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills in creative image-making. The qualification is applicable across a range of industries, and you may find work in a variety of fields such as advertising, wedding and portrait photography, editorial photography, professional image retouching, digital image operation, events and corporate photography, media and documentary photography or artistic and illustrative photography.


Where will this take me

The knowledge and experience gained in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging will provide opportunities to be self-employed, freelance or employed as a photographic assistant/technician or paraprofessional in commercial, advertising, fashion, food, wedding, portrait, digital imaging, editorial and press, sports, travel, stock library, illustrative, professional laboratory and scientific and technical photography

  • Assistant Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Digital Image Operation


On successful completion of this course you may continue on to further studies to complete a higher degree in your specialist field

How you learn

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by course work and folio presentation.

Which department am I in?

Department of Visual Arts



Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
A$16,600.00 (US$ 11,547) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $8,300

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 February 2021


Prahran Campus

144 High Street,



3181, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
A$16,600.00 (US$ 11,547) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $8,300

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 February 2021


Fairfield Campus

Yarra Bend Road,



3078, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.

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About this uni

Spread across seven campuses, Melbourne Polytechnic offers industry-related degrees and pathways to top universities.

  • One of Australia's largest higher education providers
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Partnerships with top universities and organisations